Piyyut Preview - Kol Beru'ei

One of the best traditions of the Edot haMizrach siddur is Baqashot, religious poems which are inserted before the service to help inspire a spiritual mentality when entering prayer. There are thousands of these piyyutim (poems), but for Siddur Masorati, we've chosen seven. 

An artist's depiction of R' Shlomo ibn Gabriol, author of the piyyut, Kol Beru'ei

An artist's depiction of R' Shlomo ibn Gabriol, author of the piyyut, Kol Beru'ei

One for each day. Like the tradition of having a Psalm-of-the-Day, Siddur Masorati will also contain a baqasha for each day. Here's a preview of Sunday's, translated by R' Mark Greenspan:

 

All creatures, above and below
Testify and proclaim as one;
“Adonai is one and God’s name is one.”
 
Your way is made of thirty-two paths;
All who understand their mystery, proclaim Your greatness;
From them, they know that all is Yours,
You are a singular sovereign ruler. 
 
Minds in contemplation find a world created;
Everything is created in pairs but You.
By number and measure, all is counted,
But through only one Shepherd, all was given.
 
Your signs are everywhere, beginning and end,
North, south, east and west
Heaven and earth are faithful witnesses;
Together they are, “One.”
 
Everything is Yours, a gift to cherish
You exist eternally while humans perish.
Therefore all creatures to You give honor
From end to beginning, is there not one father?

 

With references to Chazal and to Sefer Yetzira in particular, Kol Beru'ei is one of Shlomo ibn Gabriol's most beautiful poems. Enjoy!